A Festival Programming Manifesto

By Michael Lerman | "Lincoln Blogs" by Michael Lerman October 22, 2008 at 4:53AM

A Festival Programming Manifesto
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So, in the past 24 hours, the website Before You Submit was brought to my attention.

There's a lot to look at here and I don't want to bother summarizing it all, but I will say that while I appreciate the special kind of arrogance and perhaps anger that it takes to create such a site built on what are often misconceptions about film festival programming, I do appreciate the idea that someone is making a concerted effort to give a full analysis to filmmakers on every aspect of their movie. It's something I wish I had more time to do while I was programming myself.

Anyway, I'd love to start a discussion about it on here, so if I've peaked your interest at all, take five minutes, read a bit of what they are trying to do and leave a comment here letting me know what you think. It'll be much more insightful than getting spammed on my blog comments all day.